UPDATED MAY 2020. PLEASE NOTE: Facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention will be closed at the moment. Government advice is to avoid public transport so don’t travel by train. Please be mindful of the people who live locally, check whether car parks are open before you set off and adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times.
It’s summer in the city, and most of London’s lovely outdoor pools and lidos are closed. Fortunately, you’re now officially allowed to venture out of the city for a day trip to get your fix of alfresco swimming. If the prospect of trekking to the beach to negotiate distanced sunbathing spots doesn’t fill you with enthusiasm, why not try one of these wild swimming spots on the outskirts of London instead?
Whether you’re after an adventurous wild swimming trip or just a quiet place to cool off after a long week of working from home, we’ve gathered a list of the most amazing swimming spots near London, where you can make a getaway without going too far away. Better dig out those speedos…
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NOTE: Wild swimming can be dangerous. It’s best not to try if you’re not a strong, experienced swimmer. Please check for potential hazards before you swim.